Stronger Than Death (1920)

Drama | January 1920

Director:

Herbert Blaché

Writer:

Charles Bryant

Production Designer:

Ben Carré

Production Company:

Nazimova Productions
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Hermit Doctor of Gaya . According to news items, Carré supervised the construction of a recreation of an entire Vishnu temple in the foothills of Hollywood. According to a modern source, Alice Guy Blaché worked as an assistant director on the ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Hermit Doctor of Gaya . According to news items, Carré supervised the construction of a recreation of an entire Vishnu temple in the foothills of Hollywood. According to a modern source, Alice Guy Blaché worked as an assistant director on the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Jan 20
p. 811.
MPN
24 Jan 20
p. 1091, 1131
MPW
24 Jan 20
p. 631.
New York Morning Telegraph
5 Jun 20
pp. 4598-99.
New York Times
12 Jan 20
p. 7.
Variety
24 Jan 20
p. 61.
Wid's
18 Jan 20
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Hermit Doctor of Gaya by Ida Alexa Ross Wylie (New York, 1916).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Hermit Doctor of Gaya
Release Date:
January 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 January 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14646
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

World-famous dancer Sigrid Fersen, informed that she will die from a heart attack if she performs again, travels to Gaya, a British army post in India, to find a wealthy husband. There she falls in love with the commander's son, Major Tristan Boucicault, who has devoted his life to helping the natives of a neighboring village fight the menace of cholera. When Tristam faces a possible court-martial for justifiably striking his brutal father, Sigrid buys the silence of James Barclay, a half-caste social outcast who witnessed the affair, by becoming his wife in name only. Angered by his wife's coldness, Barclay incites the native soldiers to insurrection, which Sigrid quells by mesmerizing them with her dancing, and thus delaying the rebellion until Tristam has time to warn the commandant. Barclay is killed in the ensuing battle and Sigrid, believing that she will die from her exertion, collapses only to awaken in the arms of the man she ... +


World-famous dancer Sigrid Fersen, informed that she will die from a heart attack if she performs again, travels to Gaya, a British army post in India, to find a wealthy husband. There she falls in love with the commander's son, Major Tristan Boucicault, who has devoted his life to helping the natives of a neighboring village fight the menace of cholera. When Tristam faces a possible court-martial for justifiably striking his brutal father, Sigrid buys the silence of James Barclay, a half-caste social outcast who witnessed the affair, by becoming his wife in name only. Angered by his wife's coldness, Barclay incites the native soldiers to insurrection, which Sigrid quells by mesmerizing them with her dancing, and thus delaying the rebellion until Tristam has time to warn the commandant. Barclay is killed in the ensuing battle and Sigrid, believing that she will die from her exertion, collapses only to awaken in the arms of the man she loves. +

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